Whilst my family are not Jewish the attached picture was found in my husband’s family photograph archives. We have really no idea who the gentleman are but do believe they are dressed for a wedding.

My husband's family are from the East End in the early 1900s until quite recently. I just wondered whether you might have seen a photograph like this just to confirm it is possibly a Jewish family wedding as the suits are quite elaborate with button decoration. I know that the photograph was taken before 1907 as the studio it was taken in had moved out of the East End by then.

I apologise if you think this a random email but I am a very keen family historian and am desperate to identify the men in the photograph.

I am only guessing about this photograph but here are my thoughts .....

I agree that the men in question might be a groom and his best man

I know that the photographer moved from the address on the back of the photograph (see picture) by 1907.


After this it is just speculation!

My husband’s non-Jewish family lived at 105 Chrisp Street for many years in the early 1900s. From the electoral roll I know a Hyman Lass also lived at this address. I know that Hyman married Fanny Goodman in 1906 which would fit with the date of the photograph.

I know he had two children, Simme Leah and Jacob. I believe that he ran a ladies tailoring business from 105 Chrisp Street. I also believe he may have had a brother Julius (also a tailor). I know that his father was Malach Lass, who was a jeweller from Russia/Poland.

As a family we have no idea who the two men are but as it is such a lovely picture I thought it might be nice to try and trace the family.

Sorry if I have gone on too much and any help would be much appreciated.

Kind Regards

Jackie Hobbs

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